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Vaulter Lewis targets world final

Steve Lewis
Steve Lewis won a bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games

Staffordshire pole vaulter Steve Lewis has said he is confident of reaching the final at the World Championships, which start in Berlin on Saturday.

"Making the final is the first aim, to make sure I qualify, and then I'll approach the final as positive as possible," Lewis told BBC Radio Stoke.

"It's pretty open, there's been a lot of guys that are jumping between 5.70m and 5.80m this season.

"It's all down to what happens on the day. Hopefully it will go my way."

The 23-year-old, who is originally from Lightoaks, said it will be special for him to compete at the venue that staged the Olympic Games in 1936.

Competition is always good, and it's good to have another guy from the UK to battle against

Steve Lewis

"It's an amazing stadium with an amazing atmosphere, because the Germans love athletics," he added.

"I'm really looking forward to getting there and getting on with it.

Lewis will be joined in the Great Britain team by Luke Cutts, who won the

The Commonwealth bronze medallist thinks the presence of another British athlete in the field will give him a better chance of success.

"Competition is always good," said Lewis. "It's good to have another guy from the UK to battle against.

"It's been a good year for pole vault in our country."


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